The last year began with a fire in Art that required assistance from neighboring fire departments, and that set the tone for the year that would follow.
Information provided to the News by the Mason Volunteer Fire Department shows 174 runs for the group, and 84 actual fires that were fought. Many of the calls are assists for other emergency responders, including accident scenes and helicopter landing site preparation.
The majority of the calls for actual fires were in the areas outside the City, with the largest number being for grass/brush fires (40). There were only four dwelling fires, with two being in the City and one a mutual aid assist outside the County, and the one other a mobile home.
There were four responses of the department to fires that were discovered to be unreported controlled burns. There were 12 controlled burns that evolved into fire requiring departmental assistance.
There were 12 calls that were cancelled before the department actually arrived on site; and, a total of 18 false alarms.